• Blog, May 2018

The Solution to Back Pain

Back pain is a growing problem with an estimated 540 million people worldwide and 3.7 million people in Australia affected!

The esteemed Lancet medical journal recently reported that lower back pain is now the leading cause of disability and according to Monash University Australian’s spend about $4.8 billion per year on its management.

But has this money been spent wisely? The answer is no, according to the experts…

Recent reports show that back pain is often mismanaged and the use of invasive scans, surgeries and opioid prescriptions, to quickly or temporarily deal with pain, are on the rise. However, many of these procedures and treatments come with risks and can even lead to more serious damage.

Some of the risks associated with invasive back pain treatments include: radiation exposure from CT scans; infections from surgeries; and even ulcers and bleeding from too many injections.

AFL supporters may also be familiar with the story of Ty Zantuck, a former Richmond Tigers and Essendon Bombers player. The 77-game defender says his career was stopped dead after 50 painkilling jabs in his back caused irreparable damage.

So, what else can you do?

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor or miss work. Instead of reaching for the painkillers or opting for expensive surgeries that may not work, try some of these non-invasive and effective ways to treat back pain.

Yoga – Regular yoga sessions are a great way to exercise your body and mind, while strengthening your core muscles and lower back. Try these exercises!

Focus on your feet – Back pain can often start from the ground up. If your feet roll inward when you walk (what’s known as pronation) you may be more susceptible to experiencing lower back pain. Practice walking with your entire feet flat and invest in orthopaedic insoles for your shoes.

Release your inner endorphins – Endorphins can be just as strong as painkillers. When released in your body, they help block pain signals from registering within your brain. Endorphins can also help reduce anxiety and stress, often associated with chronic back pain. Try getting regular exercise and even eating chocolate to release more endorphins!

Get enough restorative sleep – The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that roughly two-thirds of people with chronic back pain suffer from some type of sleep disorder, and yet inadequate rest or sleep can make back pain worse. A poor quality mattress or bed will only make this vicious cycle more difficult to overcome.

Try an ergonomic bed!

Have you heard of an ergonomic bed? Compared to conventional beds, an ergonomic bed will provide a high degree of adjustability, with specific areas designed to support your back, hip and shoulders.

Good ergonomic beds can be totally customised to suit you and your partner’s specific needs. Our Ergolife beds have been scientifically proven to provide lower back support and shoulder relief for all body types and needs.

We spend one-third of our life in bed, yet most conventional beds don’t provide the correct orthopaedic support because they’re flat, uniform and based on 30-year-old spring technology system.

We know the solution to back pain isn’t straight forward, and we recommend speaking to your doctor if you experience any kind of ongoing pain. However, less invasive and harmful alternatives are available!

If you’d like to find out more about how an ergonomic bed can support your back and engineer a good night’s sleep, take a look here. Alternatively, view our range or visit your nearest store for more details, or try our Bed Selector to help find the best bed for your individual needs and lifestyle.

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